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Braves rewind: Whatever happened to...Kevin Millwood?

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Pitching alongside Glavine, Maddux, and Smoltz would be a dream come true for any pitcher, but it was reality for Kevin Millwood.

Millwood's minor league numbers were nothing to write home about, but in 1997 he dominated at Richmond with a 1.93 ERA and got the call that July, earning the win in his debut July 14 against the Phillies. In doing so, he was the first Braves pitcher in five years to win in his debut.

What really put Millwood on the map, however, came early the next year. In his third start of 1998, he twirled a complete-game, one-hit shutout while striking out 13 Pirates. He would go on to win 17 games, but 1999 would be his career year: 18 wins, a 2.68 ERA, 205 strikeouts, 228 innings, and an All-Star selection; he'd also finish third in the Cy Young Award voting. In addition, he tossed a one-hitter in the playoffs.

Millwood wouldn't quite reach that level of success again, although he would win 18 games in 2002 in catching the attention of the Phillies, who gave the Braves Johnny Estrada in exchange for Millwood. He'd only spend two years in Philadelphia, but quickly endeared himself with a no-hitter against the Giants at Veterans Stadium.

Following the 2004 season, Millwood took his talents to the American League. He led the league with a 2.86 ERA in his lone year in Cleveland before spending four forgettable years with Texas, and one in Baltimore where he led the league with 16 losses.

He'd return to the NL for 2011, making nine starts for the Rockies, and had one final moment of glory in 2012 when he and five Seattle relievers combined for a no-hitter against the Dodgers.

At 38 years old, Millwood wished to reach a deal with just two teams: the Braves and the Rays. When neither team showed interest, he chose retirement. He now spends his time hunting, fishing, and coaching youth sports.